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Russian podium kiss an apparent defiance of anti-gay law

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CBC
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August 19, 2013
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Russian athletes Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova shared a kiss on the winners' podium at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on the weekend amid the controversy over their country's new anti-gay law.

The public display of affection was caught on camera Saturday after the pair won the women's 4X400 metres relay gold medal at the World Athletics Championships.

The move appears to violate a Russian law passed in June, banning gay and lesbian "propaganda."

On Thursday, another Russian athlete made headlines over the law. Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva spoke out against allowing the promotion of gay rights, referring to a Swedish athlete who posted a picture of her painted fingernails on social media site Instagram.